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Funding News - Data Ontologies for Biomedical Research

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NINDS invites grant applications for research on data ontologies for biomedical research. This announcement is made together with 14 other NIH components and is affiliated with the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research. 

The Blueprint is a framework to enhance cooperative activities among the 16 NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices that support research on the nervous system.

Currently there is no convenient way to map the knowledge contained in one data set to that in another, primarily because of differences in language and structure.  To do so would require that the data sets share common definitions of terms and relationships among terms. The purpose of this announcement is to develop an ontology—a controlled vocabulary that describes objects and the relationships between those objects in a formal way—that will make it possible for software to understand how two or more existing data sets relate to each other.

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Yuan Liu, Chief, Office of International Activities, NINDS; telephone: 301-496-0012; email:  For a more detailed description of this program announcement, visit